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Alienware OptX AW2310 23-inch Monitor De-bezel Modification Guide

By: Anthony Garreffa | Guides | Posted: May 9, 2012 7:55 am

Unclipping the bezel and getting to the nitty-gritty


You can see here that you get a fair amount of a gap. To the very right of this shot you can see the plastic clips that keep it together. Move the scraper (or your tool of choice) along the plastic slit and slowly push them apart. Once you've done it once or twice, you'll become a master at it.




Below I've provided a shot of the actual clip. This is one of them that is out and sliding your tool beneath this (and to either side of the clip) allows it to be unclipped and released. Follow this all the way around the screen until the entire bezel snaps off.




Another shot, this time up close, of the clip.




This shot shows you bottom of the screen and one of the larger clips to the left. They may look like they require a lot of work to unclip, but they don't. Again, just follow the clips around until they're all unclipped.




Once all of the clips have been disconnected, lay the screen front-side down on your table/desk. Once you've done this, you can pull the back off without a problem. This is what the back looks like without the bezel on. As you can see, it's all self-contained and nothing can be damaged (without really trying).




The next step is to flip the monitor over, onto its back and slowly take off the front bezel. DO NOT do this quickly, as the touch-sensitive buttons to the bottom-right of the screen are physically attached to the monitor through a cable. If you just yank the bezel off, you could damage this cable!


The front bezel you'll then slowly pull off the monitor and what I found easiest was to lift the monitor up and slide the front plastic onto the table. From here, you'll have the surround of the monitor's plastic, with its attached cable.


This cable is paramount - do not bend, disattach or damage it. I then got the plastic, which was now to the right of my monitor and sawed off the plastic at the edge of the buttons. I did this on both sides, which gave me around 10cm or so of control/plastic board, as shown below.




After you've sawed off this little bit, you'll be left with the plastic as shown below. You'll no longer need this I threw mine away. This photo came out blurry, I apologize for that.




But, you'll have buttons remaining. I used some electrical tape (like the ghetto modder that I am) to attach this plastic button array to the back of my screen. My screens are all configured and I never need to touch those buttons. Once you've pressed them 'ON', you don't need to touch them again as they'll go into standby and turn on again when your PC turns on.


This is how I attached mine to the back of my monitor.




That's it! How easy is that! You're now done. All you have to do from here is be extremely careful holding the screen, as you've only got a centimeter or two between your fingers, the new bezel and the panel itself.

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